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David Attenborough numerous acts on behalf of Human Overpopulation Issue are Censored[edit]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRPmLWYbUqA — Preceding unsigned comment added by 46.222.71.86 (talk) 22:38, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

His Bibliography list is incomplete[edit]

In his Bibliography list, Lost Worlds, Vanished Lives is missing but it's mentioned elsewhere in the article Bjbjb (talk) 06:09, 16 March 2017 (UTC)

A note[edit]

In one of renowed English scientific journal of Biology and Naturare, peer-review, there is an interview with Sir David Attenborough, where he talking about his carrer, claim to have achieved a BSc in Biology at Cambridge University. This is link: http://www.societyofbiology.org/membership/biologist/biologist-archive/biologist-57-2-2010

Ignore this information, would be equivalent to ignore information present on Lancet, for biography of physicians.

IB biologist-zoologist — Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.30.187.203 (talk) 10:31, 8 January 2012 (UTC)

Discovery of Julia Martha Thomas' skull[edit]

It was found on Attenborough's property. See Murder of Julia Martha Thomas. It should be mentioned in the article, no? pastasauce (talk) 11:47, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Pronounciation of surname[edit]

The prounounciation of the surname differs from his brother's article Richard Attenborough when it should surely be the same, which is correct? or is there another explaination ? Maybe both are accepted? if so it should say both in each article.

Carlwev (talk) 16:03, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Medals[edit]

Attenborough was awarded the Livingstone Medal by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in 1989 and their Scottish Geographical Medal in 2012.

http://www.facebook.com/RoyalScottishGeographicalSociety — Preceding unsigned comment added by 83.67.68.118 (talk) 01:42, 30 June 2012 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:David Attenborough/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Miyagawa (talk · contribs) 17:36, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

The article has been nominated for Good Article status by an IP user who doesn't appear in the recent edits. From that I'll presume that it was a fly-by nomination and treat it as such.

Basically as it stands, it's a quick fail. There's a maintenance tag towards the bottom and large quantities of the article are uncited including quotes. As a minimum all paragraphs need to have inline citations and all quotes need to have individual citations. Once that happens, then a double check for prose and completeness needs to be completed and then someone can look to re-nominate. But it's just not ready right now. Miyagawa (talk) 17:36, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

Africa?[edit]

His new series Africa started last night and there isn't a single mention of it on this page. 89.243.125.133 (talk) 21:13, 3 January 2013 (UTC) he is awsome — Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.219.6.77 (talk) 10:03, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

Environmental Causes[edit]

Sir David Attenborough is a President Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts. This should be listed alongside his involvement with Butterfly Conservation etc. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.188.186.34 (talk) 16:08, 10 April 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 6 May 2013[edit]

Could you please add this to Attenborough's awards section 2007- Corresponding Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science

along with the postnom FAA

Thanks ShineDome (talk) 01:27, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. Callanecc (talkcontribslogs) 06:53, 6 May 2013 (UTC)
Yellow check.svg Partly done: Investigation shows that he is a Correspondng Member, not a Fellow, and that fact and relevant citation has now been added. Unless someone can demonstrate otherwise, this does not seem to entitle him to be called a Fellow. Parkywiki (talk) 21:17, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

The American comma revert[edit]

Spanglej, I appreciate your message on this point, but think you are erring in your reading of this. Firstly, my edit was a general reversion of these edits, undertaken in GF by an editor who inserted poor punctuation into the article (the post-date comma and US quoting, as opposed to logical quotes). I was trying to revert it to the British system of comma use. You kindly provided me links to two books on Google books that explain the use, although the first thing I see is that the are American books: that's not much in the way of a help when we're looking at British punctuation style. I asked Tim riley (talk · contribs) his opinion on the use of what you call the "introductory comma", and he was good enough to provide a detailed explanation of the punctuation. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether this article should be saddled with non-British punctuation or reverted back to the British standard it enjoyed in February: your call. - All the best - SchroCat (talk) 16:04, 19 May 2013 (UTC)

Much appreciated. - SchroCat (talk) 18:12, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Edit request on 20 May 2013[edit]

Please add the postnominal FAA


ShineDome (talk) 03:31, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Not done: please provide reliable sources that support the change you want to be made. He's not on the List_of_Fellows_of_the_Australian_Academy_of_Science RudolfRed (talk) 04:21, 20 May 2013 (UTC)

Naturalist?[edit]

May I suggest we changed this to "natural historian" or something else? Naturalism is the monistic belief in the the physical world as the only true reality. Calling someone a "naturalist" usually means the same as "materialist" or "physicalist", not "natural historian". — Preceding unsigned comment added by 77.100.162.250 (talk) 22:15, 8 May 2014 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

Can someone please add:

| module = <center>{{Listen|embed=yes|filename=Sir David Attenborough BBC Radio4 Desert Island Discs 29 Jan 2012 b01b8yy0.flac|title=<center>David Attenborough's voice</center>|type=speech|description=<center>[[:File:Sir David Attenborough BBC Radio4 Desert Island Discs 29 Jan 2012 b01b8yy0.flac|Recorded January 2012]] from the BBC Radio 4 programme ''[[Desert Island Discs]]''</center>}}</center>

at the bottom of the infobox to add a file from the BBC voice recording project? Thank you. 130.88.141.34 (talk) 08:55, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

 Done Delsion23 (talk) 20:33, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Death[edit]

I just read he just passed but there is nothing added. Can someone add a recent death tag. Thank you --Camilo Sánchez Talk to me 22:17, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

That's his older brother, Richard Attenborough.

Richard Attenborough has died, David is still alive. Millionmice (talk) 05:51, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Name in lede[edit]

His name is David Frederick Attenborough. This is what should appear here. His style (see section 6) is Sir David Attenborough. Calling him Sir David Frederick Attenborough is incorrect. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 112.198.77.26 (talk) 08:16, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

In addition {{post-nominals}} should have size parameter removed so that default of 85% applies, and sep=, removed, so that post-nominals fit into space left of infobox. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 112.198.77.129 (talk) 15:02, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

Yellow check.svg Partly done: I've removed the size parameter as requested, but please get consensus if you want the "Sir" removed. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:21, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

No colloquialisms[edit]

WP:SLANG deprecates slang use in what is supposed to be a formal essay. This article uses at least twice the word moniker. This should be replaced with a proper English word - there still are some - such as trope. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 112.198.77.26 (talk) 08:56, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: The word moniker is not considered slang, as far as I know. If other editors disagree, though, feel free to weigh in. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:17, 18 September 2014 (UTC)

No colloquialisms[edit]

WP:SLANG deprecates slang use in what is supposed to be a formal essay. This article uses at least twice the word moniker. This should be replaced with a proper English word - there still are some - such as trope. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 112.198.77.26 (talk) 08:56, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: The word moniker is not considered slang, as far as I know. If other editors disagree, though, feel free to weigh in. —Granger (talk · contribs) 20:17, 18 September 2014 (UTC)
Of course it's colloquial, indeed moniker and wikt:moniker say so. As such it is against the norms of WP:COLLOQUIAL and I've changed both occurrences to "strand title" (v.wikt:strand definition, (broadcasting))
 Done

now for the other approximately 8000 pages which use this lazy slipshod form! John of Cromer (talk) mytime= Mon 15:19, wikitime= 07:19, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Edit request - References: Press release Patron of Blood Pressure Association[edit]

There is a broken link in the References to a press release about the Association.

The page is now here http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/mediacentre/Newsreleases/sir_david_attenborough on the Official site of the Blood Pressure Association — Preceding unsigned comment added by 90.214.13.130 (talk) 15:14, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

 DoneParkywiki (talk) 21:17, 3 October 2015 (UTC)

Edit Request[edit]

Just a rephrasing of a sentence for clarity! Under "Life Series" is this sentence:

As he was neither an obsessive twitcher, nor a bird expert, he decided he was better qualified to make The Life of Birds (1998) on the theme of behaviour, which won a Peabody Award.

It should be edited to this:

As he was neither an obsessive twitcher, nor a bird expert, he decided he was better qualified to make The Life of Birds (1998), which won a Peabody Award, on the theme of behaviour. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.174.120.215 (talk)

I personally think the current wording has better clarity. "On the theme of behaviour" is more relevant to subject of the sentence, and should come first. Stickee (talk) 02:43, 18 May 2015 (UTC)
I think I hear what you mean; you're saying that "which won a Peabody Award" is a side point, not the main thrust of the sentence, so it should come afterward. However, a sentence is not constructed in the order of most relevant but in an order that follows the rules of grammar. It is grammatically incorrect to separate "which won a Peabody Award" from "The Life of Birds." The current sentence says that the theme of behavior won the award, which is of course ridiculous. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 68.174.120.215 (talk) 15:06, 19 May 2015 (UTC)
Yellow check.svg Partly done: I separated the line into two sentences [1] so that the antecedents are clearer. I see the merits of both the IP's and Stickee's arguments, but if a sentence is confusing for our readers we might as well as fix it. Altamel (talk) 18:18, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 7 May 2016[edit]

Change age from 89 to 90 109.149.160.222 (talk) 23:39, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

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David Attenborough[edit]

David Frederick Attenborough 8 May 1926 (age 89) Isleworth, London

This is from the article. If he was born on 8 May he is 90 today. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:4C50:191C:6300:3031:C9BB:420:BAA0 (talk) 10:28, 8 May 2016 (UTC)

Terry Wogan[edit]

The following piece of information seems a bit out of place

Attenborough rebuffed Terry Wogan's job application to be a BBC presenter as "to have two Irishmen presenting on BBC Two would have looked ridiculous".[22]

- appearing as it does at the very end of the "First years at the BBC" section, after a sentence that is evidently intended to conclude it and introduce the next.

In fact, I'm not convinced that this detail ought to be included in the article at all, as it is hardly a major event in Attenboroughs career. 193.69.195.77 (talk) 21:01, 8 May 2016 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 14 June 2016[edit]

Replace "He is the younger brother of director, producer and actor Richard Attenborough,[8]" in intro With "He is the younger brother of the late director, producer and actor Richard Attenborough,[8]"

Spackle1017 (talk) 17:31, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

Not done. Reason may fall into some aspects stated at Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Words to watch. Perhaps WP:EUPHEMISM. I looked into other articles of people whose brother/sister is dead, and the phrase "the late" doesn't appear. — Andy W. (talk ·ctb) 17:52, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

Headshot.[edit]

The current main headshot (shot in 2003) is quite outdated, might I suggest a newer headshot? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Talltell (talkcontribs) 04:30, 2 September 2016 (UTC)

species/genus count[edit]

For convenience, I'm creating a David Attenborough eponymous species + genus list here. Feel free to edit this list directly (add a signature below or at the end of this comment). As of 10:14, 10 September 2016 (UTC), this makes 4+(4-1)+5+3 = 15 species + 1 genus. Boud (talk) 10:14, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

  • Extinct
  1. Attenborosaurus conybeari
  2. Materpiscis attenboroughi
  3. Microleo attenboroughi
  4. Electrotettix attenboroughi

One missing as of 10:30, 10 September 2016 (UTC)?[edit]

Dijkstra in the Nature reference, published 8 May 2016, in the summary section of species states "I am, of course, not the first to name a species for him — at least 15 animals and plants now bear his name." But microleo attenboroughi only became publicly known (at least as far as our references show) in August 2016, three months later. Without microleo attenboroughi, the list above, as of 10:30, 10 September 2016 (UTC), lists only 14 animal and plant species + 1 genus. Dijkstra might have meant "species or genera", in which case his count matches ours. Or he might have meant "species", in which case one species is missing. So someone might want to cross-check with Dijkstra for his list, or else search for the missing attenboroughi species in the above list... Boud (talk) 10:30, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

  • I have added the recently described Pristimantis attenboroughi. I also trimmed the epnonymy section a bit, as it contained a bit too much unnecessary detail and fluff. E.g., every species was named in his honour, so such doesn't need stating more than once, and details about where/how/when species were discovered should largely be left to respective articles, with only the facts most salient to Attenborough mentioned here. --Animalparty! (talk) 01:27, 16 March 2017 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 1 October 2016[edit]

Could you update the current projects part of the page?

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Semi-protected edit request on 6 November 2016[edit]


he is died 06/11/2016 Adamgeorghiou (talk) 21:11, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

Not done Please provide a source for information like that. Nthep (talk) 21:13, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

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Semi-protected edit request on 10 October 2017[edit]

Please change: "He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, and 3D." to: "He is the only person to have won BAFTAs for programmes in each of black and white, colour, HD, 3D, and 4K."

The introductory paragraph should include '4K' as a format of television in which Sir David Attenborough has won a BAFTA. He won this award for the nature documentary series Planet Earth 2 (2016), in the 'Specialist Factual Television' category.

Here is a reference for this information, on the official BAFTA website: http://awards.bafta.org/award/2017/television/specialist-factual

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Parking a reference[edit]

Just parking a ref here (below) after I removed it from the article because it didn't support the sentence it was attached to. It might be useful in the future. PaleCloudedWhite (talk) 09:07, 8 April 2018 (UTC)

Orphaned references in David Attenborough[edit]

I check pages listed in Category:Pages with incorrect ref formatting to try to fix reference errors. One of the things I do is look for content for orphaned references in wikilinked articles. I have found content for some of David Attenborough's orphans, the problem is that I found more than one version. I can't determine which (if any) is correct for this article, so I am asking for a sentient editor to look it over and copy the correct ref content into this article.

Reference named "Young":

  • From Syracosphaera azureaplaneta: Young, Jeremy R.; Bown, Paul R.; Cros, Lluisa; Hagino, Kyoko; Jordan, Richard W. (2018). "Syracosphaera azureaplaneta sp. nov. and revision of Syracosphaera corolla Lecal, 1966" (PDF). Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 38 (1). Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  • From The Blue Planet: Young, Jeremy R.; Bown, Paul R.; Cros, Lluisa; Hagino, Kyoko; Jordan, Richard W. (2018). "Syracosphaera azureaplaneta sp. nov. and revision of Syracosphaera corolla Lecal, 1966". Journal of Nannoplankton Research. 38 (1). |access-date= requires |url= (help)

I apologize if any of the above are effectively identical; I am just a simple computer program, so I can't determine whether minor differences are significant or not. AnomieBOT 23:40, 20 April 2018 (UTC)